New Orleans Ballet Theatre Artists
Jennifer Kronenberg Guerra (bio to come)
Carlos Miguel Guerra (bio to come)
Lisa Keller (see Schramel conservatory of dance staff bios)
Shayna Skal began ballet under Gay Porter and Bridget Porter Young at the Charlotte School of Ballet in Charlotte, North Carolina, primarily studying the Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance methods, ultimately presenting as a candidate for the R.A.D.’s pinnacle Solo Seal examination in 2008, the only American to present that year. Ms. Skal spent summers studying at the Cecchetti International Summer School, as well as the Atlanta Ballet Advanced Intensive, LINES Ballet Pre-Professional Program, and with Burklyn Ballet Theatre as a counselor and dancer. After high school, Ms. Skal attended Harvard University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, cum laude in the field, with high departmental honors, and a secondary field in the Mathematical Sciences. While at Harvard, she danced with the Harvard Ballet Company and the Harvard Department of Dance, working with Tai Jimenez, Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman, and John Jasperse. In 2013, Ms. Skal was the co-recipient of Harvard’s Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize. Ms. Skal then began her professional career with Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Sibiu, Romania, where she danced for two seasons. She is currently freelancing in the New Orleans area and has performed with New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Jefferson Ballet Theatre, and the New Orleans Opera.
Whitney returns to New Orleans Ballet Theatre after taking a break from stage to apprentice with the wardrobe department of Houston Ballet. She has taught for Schramel Conservatory of Dance and performed with NOBT from 2006-2010 seasons. Whitney also serves the company as wardrobe mistress as well as dancer. Welcome back Whitney!
Felicia McPhee (myrtha queen of the wilis-please see schramel conservatory staff bios)
Madelyn comes to NOBT this year as a first year corps member. Madelyn trained with Jefferson Ballet Theatre in Kennar.
This is Amanda's second season with New Orleans Ballet Theatre. She danced the role of Arabian in New Orleans Ballet Theatre's premier of the Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theater in 2015. Amanda is a first grade teacher and teaches at Renew Shaumburg Charter School in New Orleans East. We welcome Amanda back to the stage for NOBT's Giselle at the Orpheum!
Hannah Whelton (see schramel conservatory of dance staff bios)
Blane is no stranger to the New Orleans dance audience. He has performed with NOBT in Nutcracker since the 2015 season as well as the New Orleans Opera Association/NOBT collaborations on quite a few operas. He is a fulltime student at Loyola University studying law and comes from Baton Rouge. Blane has studied with the School of American Ballet and has guested with Lafayette Ballet Theatre and Jefferson Ballet Theatre.
aaron wiggins(bio to come)
kentro mason jr. (bio to come)
Mei-Ling Murray, School to Stage Outreach Teacher
Mei-Ling Murray is a classically trained dancer from San Francisco. She studied with American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She then attended The University of Arizona’s School of Dance on scholarship.
Following her undergraduate studies in Dance and Anthropology, Mei-Ling worked extensively in Panama and India, as the Program Director for Movement Exchange, where she developed international dance programs alongside the U.S. Embassies. Since 2011, she has performed with Bay Area contemporary dance company, Project B., and worked as a teaching artist for Performing Arts Workshop, bringing dance education to the San Francisco Unified School District. In addition to being on faculty at NOBT, she currently is in the Pre-Physical Therapy program at the University of New Orleans.
Diogo De Lima, resident choreographer
Diogo de Lima is originally from Brazil and became a New Orleans based dancer/choreographer/filmmaker. He is the artistic director of MindField Productions with headquarters in New York, and São Paulo (Brazil) and has produced and directed short and feature-length films, documentaries,TV segments and Dance Films. As a dancer he worked with Grupo Corpo, José Limón Dance Company, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, First Physical Theatre, Compañia Nacional De Danza, among others. He has received many awards for his dancing and choreography, both in Brazil and internationally. He’s also a professor at Tulane University where he teaches Media and Choreography.
Trey Mauldwin was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and gaduated from the pre-professional division of the North Carolina Dance Theatre under the direction of Darleen Callaghan, Mark Diamond, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. He spent two years training on full scholarship at Miami City Ballet School training with Edward Villella, Nancy Raffa, Truman Finney, and Geta Constantinescu. He then rejoined North Carolina Dance Theatre as an apprentice and then joined Charleston Ballet Theatre as a soloist. Since leaving Charleston Ballet Theatre he has been studying on scholarship at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in their ballet program under Ethan Stiefel, Warren Conover, Douglas Gawriljuk, and Brenda Daniels. Trey has danced leading roles in many works by George Balanchine including Rubies, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Valse Fantaisie and Raymonda Variations as well as much of the classical repertoire and new works created on him. He would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support.
Joshua began his dance training at the age of 12 and went on to train at The Rock School in Philadelphia and School of American Ballet in NY. Joshua danced with Atlanta Ballet for seven seasons, performing leading roles in Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sinfonietta Giocosa, The Great Gatsby, and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room. In 2009 he joined Milwaukee Ballet where he portrayed the title role in Michael Pink’s Dracula and leading roles in new works by Mauro de Candia and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Joshua has also performed with Tiit Helimets & Company in Talliin, Estonia and with Dance Grand Moultrie at Summerstage in NY. Since joining Smuin Ballet Josh has performed leading roles in Eternal Idol, Stabat Minor, and Fly Me to the Moon, as well as Helen Picket’s Petal and Adam Hougland’s Cold Virtues. Te quiero con todo mi alma.
Originally from Pompano Beach, Florida, Jo-Ann began her professional training at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division. She became an apprentice with the RWB Company in 2003 and soared through the ranks to Principal Dancer. Her repertoire includes the dueling roles of Odette/Odile inSwan Lake, Giselle and Myrtha in Giselle, and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Additional repertoire includes works by Val Caniparoli, Twyla Tharp, Toer van Schayk, Forsythe, and Mark Godden to name a few. This is Jo-Ann’s first season with Smuin Ballet, and she is very excited to share her talent and passion with the California audiences.